#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV
At first glance, this verse seems all encompassing – including absolutes such as “about anything” and “in every situation.” And that in itself is of great comfort to me and should be to all Christians in general. There is no de minimus rule in prayer, no threshold in bringing requests before God. Or in other words, “no prayer too small!” My God is not just a God of the huge crises that tend to bring us crawling back to God on our knees, or prostate before him. Things like a critical illness. Like the loss of a job followed by months of unemployment. Like financial distress, or a child devastated by drug addiction.
God does intervene in those situations, without question. Not always with the timing we would prefer, but always just on time. In my case, an unexpected surgery and protracted recovery period after 50+ years of good health helped me to see God’s blessings that I had taken for granted. After months of prayer and drawing closer to God, I am now on the other side of that healing and am eminently thankful to Him for what He has done for me. His gracious mercy knows no bounds! Did I worry and gripe about my situation to God??? Of course, that qualifies me to be human! But over time, I have come to understand a little more about being thankful in every situation [whether trial or triumph], and about the necessity of praying through my weakness to the God who can use that weakness. Whether an illness, or getting mad and frustrated at a motorcyclist who ignores traffic laws and nearly causes an accident, God cares and understands. He patiently waits for our prayers and petitions to be wafted to Heaven, along with our anxiety and worry. Thank you Lord, Amen.
Rob Moore is a CPA from Virginia, USA. He is in the early stages of learning Tagalog [the language of the Philippines], and hopes to travel there in the future.